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San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.

Night Bright at Westfield UTC
Oct. 5. Westfield UTC will be covered in pink and overflowing with girl power during this unforgettable party to celebrate the launch of the fall fashion season. Hosted by E! News personality and breast cancer survivor Giuliana Rancic, the event will benefit Bright Pink. Also enjoy the launch of the exclusive Bright Pink Book, a $5 booklet to benefit Bright Pink that features discounts exclusive to Westfield UTC retailers valid throughout the month; a premium high-energy runway fashion show; a live performance by G.R.L.; the granting of a special wish to one breast cancer survivor through Giuliana’s Fab-U-Wish program and a silent auction. Wear Pink! The evening’s “best dressed” will win a backstage meet and greet with Giuliana. Westfield UTC, 4545 La Jolla Village Dr., San Diego. 858.546.8858.

san-diego-film-festSan Diego Film Festival
Oct. 2-6. This five-day bonanza in the Gaslamp and in La Jolla will showcase more than 100 independent films, documentaries and shorts from 55 different countries. Get up close and personal with some of the industry greats at filmmaker meet-and-greets, industry panels, film premieres, celebrity appearances and a visionary filmmaker tribute honoring Judd Apatow. Gaslamp 15 Cinemas, 701 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp and ArcLight Cinemas, 4425 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. 619.818.2221.

fashion-weekFashion Week San Diego
Through Oct. 6. 
San Diego’s been bitten by the fashion bug! Showcasing local and national designers with a range of styles from street couture to modern glamour, this fashion-forward event features art and beauty forums, after-parties, runway shows, a trunk show and live entertainment. Broadway pier, 1000 N. Harbor Drive, downtown. 619.546.9466.

del-mar-art-strollTaste & Art Stroll in Del Mar
Oct. 6. Held in the heart of the charming village of Del Mar, this annual event includes a free art walk and a ticketed restaurant tasting. Experience irresistible culinary creations from 28 of Del Mar’s top restaurants and cast a vote for the “tastiest treat” at the event, then stroll Camino Del Mar to view original artwork by talented, local and regional artists. Also enjoy live music, kids activities and a dog stroll. Tasting $30/pp. Art walk 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tasting 1-4 p.m. Downtown Del Mar.

celebrate-the-craftCelebrate the Craft
Oct. 6.  The 11th anniversary of Southern California’s premier showcase for regionally grown ingredients, innovative cooking and winemaking will delight attendees with a full day of cooking demonstrations by some of San Diego’s top chefs. Growers, vintners, and culinary artisans from some of California’s most renowned farms, bakeries and wineries will also be on hand to share their skills and enthusiasm. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $85. Arroyo Terrace at The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla. 858.777.6635. 

old-town-artsOld Town Art Festival
Oct. 5-6.
Experience a world full of colorful art, live music, international food and exotic wines all conveniently located on San Diego Avenue. During the Old Town Arts Festival, the streets will be lined with delicious food and beverage options offered from over a dozen of San Diego’s amazing restaurants a variety of artists. Feast your eyes on elaborate displays of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, and furniture while you fascinate your taste buds with delicious cuisine! Children can enter the second annual Youth Artist Competition; just bring their original works of art to display. Local artists and instructors will also be on hand to lead kids through interactive crafts and activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. San Diego Ave., Old Town. 619.233.5008.

taste-of-north-parkTaste of North Park
Oct. 5. Stroll the streets North Park noshing on farm-to-table cuisine, vegetarian dishes, all-American favorites and tantalizing sweets from some of the best chefs in the county and sipping on some of San Diego’s most popular microbrews, ales and lagers. The neighborhood’s art galleries, vintage clothing stores and boutiques will also be open for perusing. $30/advance, $40/day of. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Throughout North Park. 619.294.2501.

Weekends through Oct. 31. Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at Legoland California is the home of Halloween fun. Kids can safely trick-or-treat on Legoland’s Brick-or-Treat trail, stopping at Lego-themed treat stations to collect candy, healthy snacks and a few surprises along the way. With the expanded Brick-or-Treat trail, new Ghost Cruise, costume contests, dancing, entertainment and fireworks, this is Halloween, Legoland-style. There’s also spooky, kooky excitement from 5-9 p.m. on Saturdays. Save $15 on Legoland California “Hopper” tickets and get a second day for free. Legoland, 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. 760.918.LEGO. 

boomont-parkBOOmont Park
Weekends through Oct. 27.
Belmont Park becomes BOOmont Park this Halloween season. The festive month includes trick-or-treating for candy at the park’s various shops and retailers; BOOmont Manor, a kid-friendly haunted maze from the creators of the Haunted Hotel; and a zombie twist on Belmont’s classic laser tag arcade. Also pick the perfect jack-o-lantern worthy pumpkin at the pumpkin patch. 5 p.m. Belmont Park, 3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Bay. 858.228.9283.

Oktoberfest in El Cajon
Through Oct. 6. 
Bratwurst, potato pancakes and sauerkraut are just some of the authentic German dishes to indulge in at Oktoberfest. Wash it all down with a large selection of German beers and liquors in a Bavaria-style beer garden. Oktoberfest includes traditional folk dancing performances, games and contests, and music from Guggenbach-Buam, a group of talented musicians in traditional attire hailing from Baden-Württemberg, Germany. There are also vendor and craft booths, and an interactive kids’ zone. A parade and ceremonial tapping of the wooden keg will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday. German American Societies of San Diego, 1017 South Mollison Ave., El Cajon. 619.442.6637. 

la-mesa-oktoberfestLa Mesa Oktoberfest
Oct. 4-6. This beloved La Mesa tradition is dedicated to family, friends, great food and entertainment. The three-day festival features more than 400 vendors offering goods and services, authentic food, children activities, live entertainment and of course, good ol’ German brats and cold beer. Spring Street and La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa. 

Without Walls Festival
Oct. 3-6. La Jolla Playhouse continues its commitment to the development of new work and new theatrical forms with its inaugural Without Walls (WoW) Festival of site-specific work. Inspired by Europe’s city-wide theater festivals, the WoW Festival is an exciting four days of innovative, immersive, site-specific theatre featuring more than 20 productions, over 100 international and national artists, artist chats, a beer garden, live music and food trucks. La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla. 858.550.1010.